Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar

Tina Mabry was a producer, writer, and director on season one of OWN’s new series, QUEEN SUGAR. From creators Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, QUEEN SUGAR chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

After the death of their father, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run a struggling sugarcane farm.

Mabry produced all 13 episodes of the first season. Below are the episodes she wrote and directed.

Episode 2: “Evergreen”
Director: Ava DuVernay
Writer: Tina Mabry
The Bordelon siblings must work together to plan their father’s funeral. Tensions rise between Charley and Nova, however, as they each seek to honor their father in different ways. Ralph Angel also argues with Violet about whether it’s appropriate to invite his young son, Blue, to the funeral service.

 

 

Episode 8: “Where With All”
Director: Kat Candler
Writer: Tina Mabry
As the Bordelons prepare for a hurricane, many of the family’s underlying issues are brought to the surface. The incoming storm threatens the farm, and while preparing to protect their property, Remy calls into question Charley’s treatment of her staff. Violet worries about Nova’s safety as the activist tends to the community in the Lower Ninth Ward, and Ralph Angel quarrels with Blue’s mother, Darla, when she arrives unannounced. Meanwhile, Hollywood and Violet are reunited, and Nova and Charley’s forced proximity leads to more heated exchanges between the sisters.

Episode 12: “Far Too Long”
Director: Tina Mabry
Writers: Melissa Carter and Ali Gordon-Goldstein
The Bordelons continue to look for a new mill in time for harvest, and Charley’s search for an investor motivates her to make a cunning decision about Davis’ basketball career. Meanwhile, Ralph Angel devises his own solution to the Bordelons’ dilemma, and Charley’s objection creates friction. Additionally, Hollywood and Violet’s relationship hits another roadblock, which forces Hollywood to make a rash move. Then, Nova’s ex-lover Calvin turns up to watch her speak at a community forum, and her moving words push him to take action.

Episode 13: “Give Us This Day”
Director: Tina Mabry
Writer: Ava DuVernay
Charley continues to make calculated decisions about Davis’ basketball career and her desire to secure an investor in the farm. Davis attempts to repair his relationship with his son, Micah, but he faces resistance. Meanwhile, Nova and Calvin finally reunite; however, their relationship causes controversy in the community. Violet learns of Hollywood’s departure and tries to make amends, and Ralph Angel makes a shocking discovery that changes everything.

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